Friday, July 4, 2008

Movie Review: Kung-Fu Panda


I have to admit, this movie surprised me. I wasn't expecting much more than a cheesy cartoon with too many Japanimation jokes. I thought it would be light on story and heavy on lameness that would only impress little kids.

Definitely not the case. To my great surprise, there was only one Amime joke and even it was pretty low-key. Not over the top like Horton Hears a Who. The rest of the movie stood on its own and was actually quite impressive.

Kung-Fu Panda is the story of a panda who wants to be a great kung-fu master, but is stuck working in a noodle shop. Through a series of unlikely events, he is almost accidentally chosen as the Dragon Warrier and is to be trained by one of the greatest kung-fu masters ever.

The movie was slightly predictible, as most movies of this type are...the hero almost fails, but ultimately succeeds and beats the bad guy. It's a pretty worn storyline, but even still, Kung-Fu Panda managed to be entertaining in spite of that. It was funny, exciting, and original.

I also found it interesting that there was no love interest sub-plot. The main story stood on its own and did a surprisingly good job keeping the viewers attention and being entertaining.

I can definitely recommend this movie to everyone. I thuroughly enjoyed it and can definitely see myself picking up the DVD when it's released.

I would give it 4 stars out of 5.

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